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Trade Union Facility Time


This page provides details of the number and Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of staff who devote at least 50% of their time to union duties, as at 31 March 2019. There is also a basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill for the 2018/19 financial year (excluding schools).

Legal right

Union representatives have a legal right to reasonable paid time off from work to carry out trade union duties and to undertake trade union training under the Employment Protection Act 1975. 

Number of staff7
Full time equivalent (FTE) of staff6.26
FTE time spent on union duties5.66
Approximate cost (annual salary as at 31 March 2019 plus Employer's NI and superannuation)£192,820.88
Cost as a % of the 2018/19 pay bill including employer's NI and superannuation (excluding schools)0.080%

Trade Union (Facility Time Publications Requirements) Regulations 2017

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on 1 April 2017 and requires employers to identify the total amount of time both unpaid and paid spent by Trade Union representatives on facility time. As part of these new regulations, facility time will include duties covered for the trade union or as a trade union learning representative.


Durham County Council's data for 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 is published below.

Durham County Council's data for 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 is published below.

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